My story today talks about the Seahawks struggles running the ball so far this season.
Seattle head coach Pete Carroll said his team would have a renewed focus on running the ball with the arrival of yet another zone blocking guru, offensive line coach Tom Cable. But the pass-run numbers are just as lopsided as last season.
The Seahawks are the second worst in the league in rushing, averaging 67.5 yards a game, after finishing next to last in rushing in 2010. And just like last year, Carroll’s first in Seattle, the Seahawks are throwing it much more than they are running it – 63 percent of the time (135 passes) vs. 37 percent (80 runs).
But there are mildly mitigating circumstances. Seattle has been forced to pass more because the team has been behind in the first half of every game. Still, Seattle ran the ball just 41.4 percent of the time last season, which was part of the reason then-offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates was let go.
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“It all plays together,” running back Marshawn Lynch said. “You get down in a game like that, the fastest way to the end zone – a lot of people would think – is a pass. And I mean, that’s the type of games we’ve been playing. We’ve been having to play a lot of catch-up in the second half.
“So I don’t think it’s a problem with our run game. I think we just don’t get to run it enough in order for it to be as effective as we’d like.”
Dave Boling of The News Tribune talks to offensive lineman John Moffitt about the toughness he showed on the field against the Falcons last week, taking only a few plays off after suffering a stinger.
Aaron Levine of Fox Q13 talks to Justin Forsett about his endorsement of the Shower Pill, an athletic body wipe for athletes who don’t have time to take a shower. Check out the video link here.
Tony Villiotti of Draftmetrics.com has an interesting draft evaluation of all of the teams in the NFC West from 2006 to 2010. It’s worth a look.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com has some notes from Wednesday’s practice.
Matt Williamson of Scouts Inc. previews the Hawks-Giants game. You must be an ESPN Insider to view it.
Mike Garafolo of the New Jersey Star-Ledger writes that the Giants are hoping to look better defensively against Seattle.
Howie Kussoy of the New York Post talks to former Seahawks Deon Grant, who says this is a totally different Seattle team the Giants will face than the one he played for two years ago.